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Kids Hub celebrated opening its Columbia location on Second Street Friday morning with a ribbon cutting in collaboration with the Marion County Development Partnership.
Members of the Columbia High School class of 2020 walk in as family and friends — limited in number and spaced apart for social distancing because of the coronavirus pandemic — stand inside Walter
East Marion High School held its graduation commencement ceremony Friday night to honor a senior class that missed its final two months of school.
Friday evening West Marion High School held its commencement exercises for the Class of 2020 in Foxworth, with COVID-19 precautions like masks and social distancing being practiced.
Morgan Allen of Columbia recently graduated from the Holmes Community College as a member of the 2020 practical nursing class.

Jail Docket: June 25, 2020

Editor’s Note: The following people were booked into the Marion County Jail from June 15 to June 21. The C-P will correct any errors. Call Editor Charlie Smith at 736-2611 for corrections.

Christopher Scott Atkins, 37, Columbia, arrested by CPD, charged with willful trespassing.

Can you identify this photo?

This photo taken in the 1940s shows a group of young men sitting at Columbia’s Greyhound bus station, which was located just east of the courthouse. The gray building still remains. The men had most probably signed up in the military and were waiting to leave for military training.

Obituary: Martha Rae Pittman

Martha Rae Pittman

82, Sandy Hook

Funeral services were held on Saturday, June 20, 2020, at Mt. Bethel Church Missionary Baptist Church for Martha Rae Pittman, 82, of Sandy Hook, who died on

Cook Galloway Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. 

Community Calendar: June 25, 2020

Harvest Ministries Summer Camp

Harvest Ministries will be offering an all-expenses-paid summer camp experience for foster families in the surrounding area. The camp staff will welcome 14 children, ages 3-10, at its campus each Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m.

To register for camp, call (601) 441-4307.

Presidents have called in army for domestic incidents before


If you read this column, then you know my goal is not to persuade to a particular belief but to merely inform with historical knowledge.  Such is the case with many online comments I have read over the past few weeks.  With protest marches widespread, President Trump has threatened to use military action to stop the violence.  I read recently t


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